“The Israelites Lead by the Pillar of Fire by Night” by William West
“And the Lord went before them to shew the way by day in a pillar of a cloud, and by night in a pillar of fire: that he might be the guide of their journey at both times. There never failed the pillar of the cloud by day, nor the pillar of fire by night, before the people.”
(Book of Exodus 13:21-22)
“Presentation of the Virgin Mary” by Titian (1534-38)
“Today Anna bequeaths joy to all instead of sorrow by bringing forth her fruit, the only ever-Virgin.
In fulfillment of her vow,
Today with joy she brings to the temple of the Lord
the true temple and pure Mother of God the Word.” (Troparion)
“Today the universe is filled with joy
At the glorious feast of the Mother of God, and cries out:
“She is the heavenly tabernacle.” (Kontakion)
“What is it that hath been? the same thing that shall be. What is it that hath been done? the same that shall be done. Nothing under the sun is new, neither is any man able to say: Behold this is new: for it hath already gone before in the ages that were before us.”
(Ecclesiastes 1:9-10, Douay-Rheims)
July 25th being the Feast of St James the Great and all (or as he’s known in Spain, Santiago Matamoros), I thought it would be but meet and just to post this video of Santiago de Compostela’s massive, man-sized thurible— supposedly built to mask the smell of the teeming unwashed who flocked to the church every year— being swung, with much swagger and bombast, in the presence of the pope himself.
It must smell heavenly (ha ha ha, horrible joke).